Boris Johnson sets out vision for post-Covid Britain

Boris Johnson set out his vision for post-coronavirus Britain today as he vowed a green revolution and investment in skills.

The PM admitted 2020 'has not been the year we imagined' but insisted the devastating effects of the pandemic would not prevent the government pushing its 'levelling up' agenda after Brexit. 

In an address to the 'virtual' Tory conference, Mr Johnson - deprived of his usual interaction with a live audience - he said he was 'working for the day when life is back to normal'.

But he said returning to the same way of doing things would not be enough, and the government was determined to 'build back better'. 

He also delivered a angry response to claims that he has 'lost his mojo' and not fully recovered from his own brush with coronavirus, offering to 'arm wrestle or leg wrestle' to prove them wrong.  

Pledging to move at 'gale force speed' to put the environment at the heart of his approach, he said he wants to make Britain the world leader in offshore wind technology and create up to 60,000 jobs.

He said: 'The fact is we are not in Birmingham... there is no-one to clap and heckle. I don't know about you but I've had more than enough of this disease.' 

He said of his ten-year plan: 'You heard me right. Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle – the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands.'

Mr Johnson tried to deflect attention from the latest testing fiasco and Covid clampdowns by insisting the Government can tackle other issues as well.

Infections in the UK have rocketed in the past few days due to an embarassing counting error

Infections in the UK have rocketed in the past few days due to an embarassing counting error

He claimed good progress is being made on recruiting more nurses and police and say the pandemic can also be a catalyst for change, with Britain 'building back better and greener'.  

He added: 'We need to give people the chance to train for the new jobs that are being created every day – in new technologies and new ways of doing things.

'And there is one area where we are progressing quite literally with gale force speed and that is the green economy – the green industrial revolution that in the next ten years will create hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs.'

However, the PM is struggling to get a grip on the coronavirus situation after a surge in cases and with growing disquiet from his own MPs. 

The government's Covid modelling guru today warned pubs could have to shut altogether to keep schools open.

Neil Ferguson - known as 'Professor Lockdown' - said the extra cases added to the UK's tally after an Excel blunder painted a 'sobering'

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